David Maister on a book on Collaboration Tools for lawyers

April 15, 2008

David Maister recommends this book on Collaboration Tools for Lawyers.

I guess Web 2.0 is getting more and more mainstream! It is also interesting to see that special attention is paid to legal issues surrounding these new technologies:

‘Collaboration Tools and Technologies

The Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association has just published a book entitled “The Lawyers guide to Collaboration Tools and Technologies: Smart Ways to Work Together” It was written by Dennis Kennedy and Tom Mighell’


‘The Big Juicy Twitter Guide’

April 3, 2008


Nice guide on how you can use twitter.com to promote your blog!


The back of the napkin

March 25, 2008

Visual thinking is a powerful tool. Especially in brainstorm sessions I use it sometimes as a facilitation tool.


‘The back of the napkin’ is a book that can help you to use visual thinking.

The recommendation of Dan Heath (author of ‘Made to Stick‘) is promising: “Inspiring! It teaches you a new way of thinking in a few hours — what more could you ask from a book?” — Dan Heath,author of Made to Stick

This is the blog post with a good book review. You see three podcasts including visual explanations of the book!

This is a blog on visual thinking!

Good review of the book

Great short presentation on Visual Thinking:

Click here if you do not see the presentation above.

Harnessing the power of informal employee networks

March 15, 2008
Harnessing the power of informal employee networks

Formalizing a company’s ad hoc peer groups can spur collaboration and unlock value.

Lowell L. Bryan, Eric Matson, and Leigh M. Weiss

This is an article of McKinsey Quarterly.

You can learn how to use the internal networks in your organization for improving collaboration and value generation.

The Enterprise Web 2.0 platforms now increasingly adopted will enable the building of the networks! This is an example of how Web 2.0 enables new management forms, such as Formalized networks.

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‘Hot Wash’

December 26, 2007



In this podcast, you can hear how to do a

‘Hot Wash’ or ‘After Action Review

It’s a really good way for us to quickly capture ways to improve how we do our work. It’s sort of like an After Action Review, if you’ve ever done one of those, but it’s not that formal, and it only takes about 30 minutes. ‘

In the Hot Wash session, all project team members get together. Purpose is to evaluate the project, and to find improvement potential for the next project.

4 steps:

– say it: what are your going to do

– see it

– share it

– decide it

Key word is: ‘WWW/TALA’ – What Went Well / Take A Look at

This podcast is for registered users only.

How can I improve my meetings? Then listen to this Podcast (and read these simple 10 Rules)

December 16, 2007


How to organize an effective meeting



10 rules for effective meetings:

• Pre-Publish An Agenda
• Start On Time
• Set Some Groundrules
• Stick To Your Agenda
• Use a Parking Lot
• Fix Responsibilities
• Finish On Time
• Publish Minutes
• Continuously Improve
• Use a Facilitator

Endorsement at the US Defense Industry Daily’s website.